If you have a chance to go to Japan, where would you like to visit?
Tokyo? Kyoto? Nikko? Osaka? Mt Fuji? etc....
I just read the article about popular sightseeing spots for foreign country people in Japan.
onsen(see picture). Restaurants and shops decoration is Edo period theme and you can enjoy whole
day with Yukata. - I never been there, but I would love to go next time when I go back to Japan.
Universal Studio, Disney Sea and Tokyo Disneyland?!! - You know Mickey Mouse speaks Japanese!! But don't worry, like Peter Pan, Alice, Snow White etc.. they are not Japanese people.(Thank god!) - How about Universal Studio? Water world show? - Kevin Costner must speak Japanese! : )
Pokemon center?? -Is it still popular even in Japan?
And Tsukiji Fish Market -----Everybody wants to eat real fresh Edomae sushi ^ _ ^
Anyway I realized people's interests are getting changed.
How about you? - Where do you want to go?
There is a famous shinto Shrine called "Toshogu". It is dedicated to the kami (spirit) of Ieyasu Tokugawa(d. 1616) who is the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. His last wish was "Enshrine my dead body in Mt. Kuno (His hometown in Shizuoka prefecture) for the first year of my death, (Omission) and build a small shrine in Nikko and enshrine me as the God. I will be the guardian of Japan."
In Toshogu, they have a famous "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" symbol.
They have a big autumn festival in October in Nikko.
Yabusame is the traditional Japanese archery - an archer on a running horse shoots three special "turnip-headed" arrows successively at three wooden targets.
Also Sennin-gyoretsu, the "procession of a thousand warriors", is a huge parade of people dressed in the military garb of the Edo period. It is shown as the scene of when they moved Ieyasu's spirit from Mt. Kuno(Shizuoka) to Nikko.
In Nikko, there are many nice hot springs as well. Hot springs are my favorite thing in Japan.
This is the traditional way to enjoy hot springs.
After we do sightseeing, we check in at a hotel or ryokan.
|Traditional style room|
They provide small towel, so you can use it to hide there ^_ ^
We go into onsen a couple of times when we stay. Maybe it's too hot for foreign country people, but try!
You will be hooked.
|Outside bath - Roten buro|
It is an art form that balances the taste, texture, appearance, and colors of food. Kaiseki-ryori uses the fresh ingredients of the season and are cooked in ways that enhance the original taste of the ingredients. Each dish is simply seasoned and presented beautifully in nice dinnerware.
After we eat dinner, we go back to onsen again. This is a very relaxing treat for me. About this time of the year, you can enjoy leaves changing colors when you are in an onsen. Of course winter is nice too. Snow and onsen is a very nice conbination, too.
Even Japanese monkies love onsen. : )